Netto’s Cafe

Netto’s Cafe is tucked into the far back corner of the Kirkman Oaks shopping plaza on the corner of Kirkman and Conroy. The main part of the restaurant is very small, but they have an enclosed porch with air conditioning, which more than doubles the dining space.

They have a traditional Brazilian menu, with different specials daily. I ordered the grilled chicken breast, which came covered in roasted garlic and grilled onions. I’m not exaggerating when I say there was a blanket of garlic and onions on top of the chicken breast. It was incredible the amount of flavor this added to the meal. The chicken itself was a bit dry and overcooked, but the garlic and onions more than made up for what the chicken was lacking. It came with a side of black beans and a side of white rice. Both were delicious. The meal was amazing, everything tasted great, just writing about it here makes me want to go back.

  • Price: $7 – $12

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Give Kids the World and Jersey Mike’s Subs Team Up for Month of Giving in March

Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is joining forces with 10 Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the Orlando area for the 2nd Annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign to help make a difference in children’s lives.  The campaign will culminate in the nationwide event, Jersey Mike’s “Make A Difference Day” on Wednesday, March 28.

During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Give Kids The World at any area Jersey Mike’s restaurant.  Then on March 28, a special nationwide celebration, “Make A Difference Day,” will take place at all Jersey Mike’s locations to benefit 74 different charities with a mission to help children.

On that day, Orlando area residents are invited to come in to a local Jersey Mike’s restaurant and enjoy a delicious sub meal.   All area Jersey Mike’s restaurants will donate 50 percent of the day’s sales to Give Kids The World and there will be special festivities at one of the stores in Altamonte Springs.  For a list of participating restaurants in your area and for more information on our charity partners, please visit

“We are delighted that Jersey Mike’s has selected Give Kids The World as the beneficiary charity in Central Florida for its Month of Giving Campaign,” said GKTW President Pamela Landwirth. “The donations collected through this fundraiser will help to provide cost-free, magical vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses from around the world.”

The inaugural Month of Giving campaign last year raised more than $600,000 for 66 charities nationwide and the hope is this year’s campaign will raise even more. In total last year, Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the country raised more than $2 million for worthy local charities and distributed more than 200,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.

“Our commitment to the core Jersey Mike’s value of giving back to the communities we serve has never been stronger,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, who started the company when he was only 17 years old.  “We know our customers share this passion and, with their help, we hope to make a big difference in the lives of children throughout this country.”

Charcoal Joe Grill & More

  • Food Quality: 5/10
  • Food Quantity: 7/10
  • Cleanliness: 7/10
  • Atmosphere: 7/10
  • Service: 7/10
  • Price: $6-$12

I’ve been to Charcoal Joe’s several times, and had really inconsistent experiences. I had a very average sandwich the first time, which I felt I could make the same at home, probably even a better one. The second time I went, I really liked the jerked chicken sandwich and the fries that came with it. The third time I went, I had the Portuguese style chicken. The chicken itself was good, but the mashed potatoes were horrible. It was clear they were instant mashed potatoes, and they were very poorly made. They were runny and bland. Just because a food is instant, doesn’t mean you can’t add your own spices to it.

The staff is friendly, and you can tell they’re busting their butts to get your food out quickly. The restaurant is nice, clean, and simple. I really can’t recommend going here, given my mixed experiences, but I wouldn’t tell you to avoid it at all costs either.

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Philly Cheese Steaks & Gyros

Philly Cheese Steaks & Gyros is located in an old strip mall on the northeast corner of Semoran Blvd. and East Colonial Drive. The interior is kind of dark and run down. Once you get past the outer appearance, you’ll be greeted by a friendly staff. I had the gyro with french fries. I only ordered the fries because it was my first time here, and I wasn’t sure how filling the gyro by itself would be. The fries were alright, but the gyro was plenty, so I would probably pass on the fries next time. The gyro was good, but definitely not the best in town. Given the appearance, the price is a little surprising. I don’t mind paying for a nice meal in a nice restaurant, but the place looks like a dump. I just find it hard to justify the price based on the appearance.

  • Price: $7 – $11

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Big Brunos Bites Food Truck

Big Brunos Bites is a food truck regularly parked outside Red Light Red Light. They offer a variety of food, from bacon wrapped hot dogs, to calamari, to sandwiches and pizza. The calamari was excellent. I don’t care much for seafood, but this was cooked to perfection. It had a great flavor and texture, and was not fishy nor chewy at all. I had a personal white pizza as well, and it was recommended with pepperoni, which I couldn’t turn down. The pepperoni gave it that extra pop that I usually feel a white pizza needs. The food is great and the staff is friendly, you can’t ask for much more.

  • Price: $4 – $11

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